Our last meeting saw the start of a new format with a focus on member modelling and more demonstrations. Our required formalities have been reduced to allow for greater member interaction and more general discussions. We will still be bringing along our kits in progress, completed builds and anything new to continue with our already busy atmosphere.
At this meeting Martin Reid and Michael Tabone presented a demonstration on Rigging WW1 Aircraft, which covered perhaps one of the greatest fears of modelling. This was a thorough demo covering all the tools and supplies as well as documentation illustrating the steps and processes involved. Martin and Michael used the Wingnut Wings kits as a basis for their discussion with a Sopwith Pup as an example of fine rigging and turnbuckle creation.
We will see a lot more demonstrations moving forward and if this meeting was anything to go by then I think we will be on a winner!
You can find our link to the demonstration documentation on our ‘Demonstrations’ page.
Images of the demonstration
For my sons birthday we decided to fly out to Queensland to visit Australia Zoo, but being a typical modeller I had to comb for any local military attractions. I did hear some time ago that the only surviving WW1 German A7V tank ‘Mephisto’ was sitting inside the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, so I kind of added this one in on the itinerary – lol.
The Mephisto is amazing to see up close, and to think it was abandoned by its crew and then removed from the battle filed under fire by Aussie troops! This vehicle sits as part of the ANZAC exhibition so I have also included some images for this as well.
A7V Mephisto Images
ANZAC Museum Images
A few days after arrival I found a hotel brochure advertising the largest heritage aircraft display at the Qld Air Museum in Caloundra which was close by. So what does a true modeller do – add this one to the schedule of course. Just so you know I do have a knack for making my wife think it was her idea to go to these things – just sayin!
The Air Museum itself is massive and spread over two large hangers plus an out doors area. As the images will show the collection is impressive with nothing that you cant get real close to and touch.
Qld Air Museum Images
The Queensland Museum was also running a NASA exhibition which you guessed it, my wife came up with the suggestion we go and see that as well – hehehehe – what an understanding wife I have, she must have read my mind. Check out the image of the moon buggy wheels and I thought they were running GoodYears!
This was a great exhibition and brings to life the size of some of the space craft and the technology involved. There were some items in there that blew my mind in terms of construction and ingenuity and what it may have been like to be out there………….
NASA Exhibition Images
Hope you enjoyed the pics!
We are back again for the April meeting, and once again at the Balwyn Library due to water leak repairs at our normal venue.
As usual there will be much going on with product reviews, general chat and kits in progress.
See you all there!
Today was the Wings & Tracks 2019 model competition held at the 13th Malvern Scout Group Hall in Malvern East. There a was a good turnout of competitors with some high quality kits. Traders were also in attendance including SMS, Wargame Miniatures, Brunel Hobbies and Firestorm selling much needed goodies and accessories. It was great to catch up with people and to chat about all things modelling with a few I know coming out with well earned places. All in all it was a great day with a huge thanks to the IPMS boys putting on yet another great show with all the hard work being much appreciated. Also, an equally huge thanks to the Malvern Scout Group for providing their Scout venue for all us plastic nerds.
Click here to see more images of kits on the table!
Aside for the usual meeting stuff, we presented the winner of both the ‘Build A Bitch’ and ‘Gunna Build’ events with the office club perpetual trophies. I say winner because Martin Reid won both events, grrrrr……………need I say more.
Overall the meeting went well at the temporary venue, while the water leak gets repaired at our normal Ashburton location. Below are some pics of member kits and show and tell!